For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019
Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi launches donor human milk depot project
In celebration of Mother’s Day, donor human milk shipping supply sites announced!
Applications for donor human milk depot and shipping supply sites are open.
HONOLULU, HI – Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi is delighted to announce that the initial phase in
opening a donor human milk bank in Hawaiʻi is underway with the selection of Mother’s Milk,
LLC in Kamuela, HI and Waimānalo Health Center in Waimānalo, HI as the first donor human
milk shipping supply sites! Congratulations and thank you for stepping forward to support
breastfeeding in our community! Both locations anticipate having shipping supplies ready for
distribution by June 30, 2019. Interested in being a milk depot or shipping supply site?
Applications are open through July 1, 2019 and are open to any hospital, clinic or business in
the state who supports breastfeeding! Check out Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi for more information
about donor breast milk, applications and updates. Interested in being a donor? Call Mothers’
Milk Bank in San Jose at (877) 375-6645 for a brief interview.
Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi, the state breastfeeding coalition and affiliate to the United States
Breastfeeding Committee, is dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding
around the state. The non-profit organization works to normalize breastfeeding, breast milk as
our keiki’s first food, and increase access to lactation support services. Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi, in
partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose, which is a member of the Human Milk Banking
Association of North America, is implementing Phase 1: establishing donor human milk sites in
Hawaiʻi so that mothers have a place to donate their extra breast milk. Donated human milk is
shipped to San Jose where it is tested, pasteurized and then provided to medically fragile
infants through hospital or healthcare provider orders as a supplement to the infant’s own
mother’s milk. Currently two NICUs in Hawaiʻi order donor human milk for infants with certain
medical conditions. In the future, Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi plans to become a distributor and then
eventually open their own donor human milk bank within Hawaiʻi to serve the community needs.
“Mothers often contact us to ask where they can donate their breast milk,” says Leʻa Minton,
Board President of Breastfeeding Hawaiʻi. “Families recognize the importance of breast milk and
want to give it to other families when they have extra, they don’t want it to go to waste. There
are mom to mom milk sharing groups in Hawaiʻi, which play an important role in our community.
Tested and pasteurized milk is also critical for infants who are medically fragile; we need both
models of milk donation available. We believe every keiki should have access to breast milk.”